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    Basic Handgun Safety: The Four Laws of Gun Safety

    Four Laws of Gun Safety

    If you follow these laws, your chances of having an accident with a handgun will be reduced. This is not new or original material, versions of it are printed and packaged with all new guns, and it is widely distributed. But just on the chance that you are a new shooter and have not been exposed to any gun safety information, here are the four basic laws of gun safety.

    1st Law: THE GUN IS ALWAYS LOADED

    Treat every gun as if it is loaded at all times. Put into practice, this means that before doing any other handling of a semi-automatic handgun, while pointing the gun in a safe direction and keeping your finger off the trigger, you should remove the magazine and operate the slide to eject a cartridge that may be in the chamber, then look into the chamber and magazine well to make sure that there is no ammunition in the gun. Doing this makes certain that the gun is unloaded. After this is done, the gun may be stripped for cleaning or inspection.

    2nd Law: NEVER POINT A GUN AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO DESTROY

    Pointing a gun at anything without the intention of shooting is never wise. It assumes that the gun is unloaded and safe, which may not be true. It also threatens another person who may be in your sights, such as found in a gun store, at a gun show, at a shooting range, or in your home.

    3rd Law: ALWAYS BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND WHAT IS BEHIND IT

    Even target shooting in the woods can have disastrous consequences if you are not sure of what is behind your target. Set your targets up so that there is a safe backstop to receive the bullets without danger of ricochet. If you are hunting with others, be sure you know the location of other members of your group at all times, so that you will not endanger them if you take a shot.

    4th Law: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET

    When you are loading or reloading a handgun, when you are clearing a malfunction, or when you are moving without the intention of shooting, keep your trigger finger out of the trigger guard, touching the slide, so that you will not accidentally pull the trigger. This is especially important when clearing a jam of any kind, because you will be exerting force on the gun with at least three fingers of your shooting (trigger) hand, plus your other hand.

    Enjoy shooting, have fun. But above all else, BE SAFE.

    Chris
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    Thanks for the post. The main reason why I don't go to public ranges anymore is because of the jokers that don't practice these laws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tactworld45 View Post
    Thanks for the post. The main reason why I don't go to public ranges anymore is because of the jokers that don't practice these laws.
    I know what you mean! If you (or other members) have something to add to this thread about safety, please feel free to do so. Since I think we attract a fair number of new shooters to the forum, this thread will give us a place to post safety reminders. Maybe reading it on a forum will add a little impact to what they get packaged with their new guns.

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    Looks good, Chris!

    I made it a "Sticky" for you...
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    Hence one of the biggest differences between public ranges and club ranges......Range Safety Officers. My club currently has over 70 members certified by the NRA as Range Safety Officers. In fact the club values the service provided by these people so much that it pays for their renewal to keep their certifications up to date. The results are NO accidents, all members know that an RSO can remove anyone from the range for a un-safe act and by having that many certified there is usually one or more at the range at any given time.

    Chris is "on target" with the safety rules and if responsible owners want to keep our sport growing they will ensure that they are followed. Be SAFE......Shoot WELL
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    Basic Handgun Safety: The Four Laws of Gun Safety

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    Have yet to do my first range shoot. Looks pretty intimidating from this side of the glass. But I got to admit when I was there today ordering my new Glock 17 that I really had a warm and fuzzy feeling ya know?

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    you guys missed rule #5 : never let your wife hold your gun if she's mad at you

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    Quote Originally Posted by kboy24 View Post
    Have yet to do my first range shoot. Looks pretty intimidating from this side of the glass. But I got to admit when I was there today ordering my new Glock 17 that I really had a warm and fuzzy feeling ya know?
    Just go slow and take your time... It helps if you can find a time when the range isn't too busy...

    Glock's 17 is a good choice!


    Quote Originally Posted by barstoolguru View Post
    you guys missed rule #5 : never let your wife hold your gun if she's mad at you
    Never let anyone that's mad at you hold your gun...
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    One I heard during my first handgun course at Shooter's Paradise in Woodbridge, VA before it burned down. "Have kids and or teenagers in the house? Show them the firearm that is this big mystery hidden away in the box. Let them handle the unloaded firearm. Explain to them that it is not a toy and it can and will kill. Tell them anything and everything you feel is needed to push home how much they must not even think of it as a toy. Purpose: to satisfy their curiosity."
    I followed that advice when my daughter was 10 years old. She never again asked what was in the grey case I had locked in the safe.
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